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  • AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016

    Two outstanding documentaries by Asian filmmakers – AMY and A Girl in the River – have won at the 88th Academy Awards on February 28, 2016.

    AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016

    Asif Kapadia secured his first Oscar nomination and first win with AMY.

    British Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia and Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy have won at the 88th Academy Award.

    Asif won Best Documentary Feature for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful AMY (2015), based on the late singer Amy Winehouse.

    Having been on a winning streak this award season, Asif secured his first Oscar nomination and first win with AMY.

    Along with producer James Gay-Rees, he collected his Oscar from British actors Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley and said:

    “This film is all about Amy, showing the world who she really was – not the tabloid persona, [but] the beautiful girl…someone special, someone who needed looking after.”

    Meanwhile, Sharmeen picked up her second Oscar for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

    The Best Short Documentary winner examines honour killings in Pakistan. Accepting her award from comedian Louis C.K., she said: “This is what happens when determined women get together.

    “Last week, our Pakistani prime minister has said that he will change the law of honour killing after watching this film. That is the power of film.”

    AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016Congratulating Sharmeen on her achievement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said:

    “Women like Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy are not only a pride for the Pakistani nation but are also a significant source of contribution towards the march of civilisation in the world.”

    Sharmeen won in 2012 for Saving Face, a documentary film tackling the issue of acid attacks on Pakistani women.

    Another welcomed Desi presence at the prestigious film award ceremony was Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra, who donned another eye-popping Zuhair Murad gown.

    The real glamour, though, came from the US$8-million worth of jewellery worn by the 33-year-old star – a pair of 50 carat diamond front back earrings, a 22 carat diamond ring, a 10 carat diamond pinky ring and an 8 carat diamond bypass ring.

    AMY and A Girl in the River win at Oscars 2016The Quantico star gave out Best Editing award to Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road, which was the big winner of the night, nabbing six trophies altogether.

    But the climatic moment was when Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home his long-awaited Oscar, while Sylvester Stallone was dubbed one of the biggest snubs this year after losing out to Mark Rylance.

    Here is the full list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards:

    BEST PICTURE
    Spotlight

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

    BEST ACTOR
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

    BEST ACTRESS
    Brie Larson, Room

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Spotlight

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    The Big Short

    BEST ANIMATED FILM
    Inside Out

    BEST ANIMATED SHORT
    Bear Story

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    AMY

    BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
    A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

    BEST SHORT FILM
    Stutterer

    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
    Son of Saul

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    The Revenant

    BEST EDITING
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    BEST SOUND EDITING
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    BEST SOUND MIXING
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    Ex Machina

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG
    Writing’s On The Wall, Spectre

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

    Images courtesy of AP



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